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Voice of America Reaches Phuket
PHUKET TOWN: 207 Studio, which operates local radio station 89 FM, has announced the signing of an agreement with the United States Information Agency to rebroadcast programs supplied by The Voice of America (VOA). The station will feature the English language programming nightly between 7:30 p.m. and 2 a.m., beginning this Thursday. Veteran radio show host Don Sullivan has been…
Bar Girl Lured Into Nightmare
PATONG: A 25-year-old bar girl filed a police complaint against a German tourist after he allegedly injured her by repeatedly biting her vagina, Kathu district police reported. Suwanee Okaew, 25, told authorities she went to a Patong Beach hotel room with a male bar patron shortly before midnight on Wednesday, September 23. While the two were engaged in sex, the…
Angel Airlines Takes Flight
PHUKET: Thailand’s newest carrier, Angel Airlines, has announced its schedule of domestic and international flights originating from Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Udon Thani and Singapore. Earlier this year, the airline was named the country’s second national carrier, joining Thai Airways International. From Phuket, there are three destinations, each of which is non-stop. These are Bangkok, on Tuesday, Thursday,…
Witness: Debts Led To Tong Murder
PHUKET TOWN: The investigator who headed the probe into the slaying of Danis Wayne Tong testified yesterday in Phuket Provincial Court that the five suspects on trial participated in a murder-for-hire scheme following a fallout between the victim and well-known local businessman Hugo Vandervelde. Pol Maj Preecha Kla-thanong, Chief of the Special Investigations Unit for Phuket Province, told the court…
Visa Overstay Charge To Double
PHUKET TOWN: Those who fail to keep tabs on the expiration date of their visa will pay more next month for their oversights. Immigration officials told the Gazette today that the penalty for overstaying will rise from 100 baht to 200 baht a day, effective October 1.
Swiss Tourist Drowns At Kata Beach
KATA: A Swiss tourist drowned on Sunday after he failed to heed warnings and went swimming in heavy seas, Chalong district police reported. The victim, identified by authorities as 67-year-old Jean Jacques Arsene, entered the water at Kata Yai Beach around 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon despite pleas from his spouse to stay out of the rough surf. Sangduan Danchong told…
Club Patrons Subjected to Drug Tests
PHUKET TOWN: Fifty-one patrons of the At Ease Night Club on Soi Surin tested positive for drugs following a check by authorities early Sunday morning. Bangkok narcotics control officers joined Phuket Tourist Police in sealing the popular nightclub at 1:20 a.m. and ordering patrons to undergo drug testing in what authorities say was the first-ever raid of its kind in…
Flash Flood Watch Issued
PHUKET: Officials at the Southwestern Regional Meteorological Center issued a flash flood advisory this morning for the provinces of Phang Nga, Krabi and Ranong. The bureau said thundershowers and isolated heavy rains were expected today in the three provinces. Yesterday, a total of 75.9 millimeters of rain was recorded at Phuket International Airport along with wind gusts of up to…
Local Showroom Is One For The Records
PHUKET: The island will have yet another claim to fame as what is being billed as “the world’s biggest jewelry store” opens its doors on October 10. The new emporium is on the Bypass Road north of Phuket Town. At 2,000 square meters, Gems Gallery Phuket will be the third and largest showroom operated by Bangkok-based Gems Gallery International Manufacturing…
Search Intensifies For Missing Tourist
KOH PHANGAN: Local and regional authorities have stepped up their search for a Japanese tourist who has been missing for more than a week from this resort island near Koh Samui. Phangan Deputy Police Chief Pol Lt-Col Prayoon Krutmusik told the Gazette this morning that helicopters and specially-trained scent dogs from Provincial Police Region 8 Headquarters in Surat Thani were…
Hoteliers To Add 345 Rooms
KARON BEACH: Innkeepers on this popular stretch of beach are busily preparing new guest rooms as the high tourist season approaches. Karon’s newest hotel will debut next month with the planned grand opening of the Phuket Sukpracha Resort. Located on Patak Road near the Karon Circle, the 200 million baht project includes 196 guest rooms, a shopping arcade, a Thai…
Deadly Intersection Gets Attention
PHUKET TOWN: Drivers plying the Airport Bypass Road are being given a bumpy ride for safety’s sake as they approach the junction with Phra Phuket Road (also known as the Samkong-Kathu Road) on the city’s northwest side. A series of 15 one-and-one-half-centimeter-high speed bumps were installed last week along the northbound and southbound approaches to the intersection in response to…
Police Nab Two In Theft Ring
PHUKET TOWN: A motorbike theft ring was broken up by Muang district crime suppression officers on Sunday, Provincial Police Commander Kongpol Suwannaraks announced this morning. Officers arrested 38-year-old Sirisak Songsiri of Phuket Town near the Honda automobile dealership on Phang Nga Road at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday while he was attempting to steal a motorbike parked at the site of…
Shouting Subsides At Local Prison
PHUKET TOWN: Visitors to Phuket Provincial Prison are saving their voices, thanks to a newly-installed two-way communication system at the facility. Visitors can now pick up a handset and converse directly with an inmate for 15 minutes inside the visiting room. The new 20,000-baht system has replaced the jail’s antiquated set-up wherein the parties – separated by steel curtains and…
Bikers Shelling Out Cash For Headgear
PHUKET TOWN: Sales were brisk over the weekend at T.S. Trading on Phuket Road in advance of Tuesday’s expected crackdown on motorbike helmet scofflaws. Store owner Taveesak Saelim says business has been in high gear since local authorities earlier this month began their province-wide announcements that strict enforcement of the law, which covers both drivers and passengers, will commence tomorrow,…
Transit Fee Waived At Don Muang
BANGKOK: Tourist authorities were hailing a recent decision by the Airports Authority of Thailand to exempt international passengers in transit at Bangkok International Airport from a 500 baht airport service charge should they depart the terminal and return to it within 12 hours. The waiver will go into effect on October 1. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Seree Wangpaichitr…
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The good news is that Phuket is famous for its foodie scene with an enormously diverse range of local and international foods - Phuket and southern favorites, street food along with international choices catering for the 12 million visitors to the island each year. Thaiger follows Phuket news and information 24 hours a day with regular updates.
Phuket is only 'just' an island with a 300 metre bridge linking it to Thailand's mainland. We're always reporting in the news that the channel beneath is frequently dredged to maintain Phuket's status as an island. On the other side of Sarasin Bridge is the Province of Phang Nga.
Getting to Phuket is easy as the island has land, air and sea connections. Phuket is also used as a take-off point for local island trips as Thailand's largest island is surrounded by over 30 pristine islands. Koh Phi Phi and the famous Maya Bay are always in the news and would be the best known of the island's just off Phuket's shores.
Phuket is an island and a province. It's the largest island in Thailand – 48 km north to south, 21 km east to west.
It's about 20% smaller, in area, than Singapore but much less densely populated. Whilst the island nation of Singapore boasts a population of nearly 6 million, Phuket has a permanent population of around 400-450,000 (but varies a lot with the influx of tourists and a workforce that is always changing). Most of Phuket remains jungle and tropical rainforest despite an acceleration of development over the past 20 years.
Unlike some of Thailand's other popular islands (that are in the Gulf of Thailand), the news is that Phuket is located in the Andaman Sea.
Phuket is 878 km north of the equator.
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